Posted on: March 2, 2012

April Events Announced at Pacific Whale Foundation

Many people consider Maui's humpback whales to be "wintertime" guests, but the whales are found of the coast of the Valley Isle throughout spring, too. You'll find an array of whale- and ocean-themed events on Maui throughout the month of April, all hosted by the nonprofit Pacific Whale Foundation. To learn more about these events, please visit or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

The Maui Whale Festival also continues throughout April. To obtain up-to-the-minute reports on festival events, please visit 

Featured Activities:
April 16 and 17, 2012
Moonlight Tidepool Explorations
Brittle stars, urchins, octopi, oh my! Pacific Whale Foundation's marine educators invite the public to meet some of the fascinating creatures that roam Hawaii's tidepools at night during our Moonlight Tidepool Explorations at a South Maui tidepool. This discovery event is recommended for people ages 6 and over. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be provided. $10 per adult and $5 per child. 6:30 pm. Advance reservations required. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext 1.
April 25, 2012
Whalewatch and Natural History Hike
Free activity with Pacific Whale Foundation features a guided 5.5 mile hike along the Lahaina Pali Trail, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and any whales in the area. For adults over age 15 who are fit, experienced hikers. Free transportation provided from Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Store in Ma’alaea to and from the trailheads. No bathrooms on the trail. Your trip will be led by a Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist. Meet at 7:00 am. Hike begins at 7:30 am. Limited to 13 participants.  Free. Advance reservations required. Call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Special Cruises
April 8, 2012
Easter Brunch Cruise
Celebrate a beautiful Maui Easter morning at sea, on an Easter Brunch Cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation. Depart from historic Lahaina Harbor at 11:30 am; return at 1:30 pm. Features a delicious chef-prepared buffet. Whale and dolphin sightings possible. $79.95 for adults. Children ages 3 to 12 are $49.95. Children ages 2 and under go free. Reserve online at and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For reservations, call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1
April 14, 2012
Raft Whalewatch with Pacific Whale Foundation President Greg Kaufman
Pacific Whale Foundation's President and Founder Greg Kaufman has spent more than 35 years studying whales at sea from small rafts and boats. This unique whalewatch, offered for the first time ever, offers you the opportunity to watch whales and learn about them with this noted researcher, author and whale protection advocate on a small group, personalized raft tour. Throughout your two-hour cruise, you'll hear expert interpretations of the whales' behaviors, based on Greg's extensive experience with whales in the wild. Greg will also show you the best photographic techniques for capturing dramatic whale photos with your camera. You'll head to sea from Lahaina Harbor on Pacific Whale Foundation's state-of-the-art raft Ocean Freedom, a sleek rigid hull inflatable raft with a unique anti-slamming design for a smoother ride than ordinary rafts. This vessel has an onboard bathroom and safety handrails. Cruise departs at 9:15 am and returns at 11:15 am. Whale sightings are guaranteed or you go free on a regular Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatch. Your ticket includes a free autographed copy of Greg's book, Humpbacks of Hawai'i: The Long Journey Back. Price is $59.95 for adults, $44.95 for kids ages 6 to 12.  Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. Book online at or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. Not recommended for pregnant women, children under age 6 or for anyone with back or neck problems.
Whale Photo Safari
Get hands-on training on capturing great whale images with whatever digital camera you own. This at-sea workshop is suitable for beginning and advanced photographers This trip will be led by a Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist, along with David Fleetham, professional marine wildlife photographer. His photographs have been published around the globe, with over one hundred magazine covers to date. During your 3-hour cruise, you’ll discover the most effective camera settings for our local conditions at sea. You’ll also learn about and have the opportunity to use proven digital photo techniques to maximize each opportunity presented by the whales that you encounter. You'll also have the chance to listen to live whale songs via hydrophone. Departs from Lahaina Harbor at 9:15 am and returns at 12:15 pm on Pacific Whale Foundation's new raft, Ocean Freedom. Price is $99.95 per person. Book online and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. Visit or call Pacific Whale Foundation for reservations and information at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
Ultimate Whalewatch
Learn firsthand what it is like to be a whale researcher on a personally guided group tour. Your small group will gather for a 45-minute presentation by a member of the Pacific Whale Foundation’s research team to learn about the foundation’s ongoing whale research and photo identification efforts. Participants will also learn about the whales that you are about to encounter.The group will then embark on a two-hour whalewatch tour with a member of the research team. Researchers will share their knowledge of whale behavior, and interpret the significance and purpose of humpback social activity within the context of season and location. The tour wraps up with a final 45-minute visit to Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center. 
Offered on Mondays, 8:00 am to 11:30 am. Whale sightings are guaranteed or you get a free ticket for one of Pacific Whale Foundation's regular Whalewatches. Book online and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. Visit or call Pacific Whale Foundation for reservations and information at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
Stargazing Cruises: Moon, Stars and the Whales
Because Hawaii is the most remote island chain in the world, stargazing here is some of the finest you'll find anywhere. Pacific Whale Foundation’s stargazing cruise introduces you to Maui's enchanting sky. The cruise is narrated by Harriet Witt, an international award winning astronomy writer and speaker, known for her entertaining and informative commentary on the stars. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Sky & Telescope, and Spirit of Aloha. The cruise includes appetizers, dessert treats and drinks. It takes place from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm from Lahaina Harbor. Price is $59.95 for adults and $39.95 for children. Book online at and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For reservations, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
Island Rhythms Sunset Cruise with Marty Dread
Nothing says "Maui fun" like dancing in the open air on the bow of a boat at sea – and watching whales -- at sunset! This fun-filled, multi-generational cruise is led by local island music and reggae star Marty Dread. His charisma and enthusiasm gets everyone dancing and enjoying themselves. The cruise includes  hot and cold appetizers, plus Maui Brewing Co. beer, wine, Mai Tais and tropical well drinks (up to 3 per guest) as well as sodas, filtered water and juices. Offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, it departs from Ma'alaea Harbor on Friday evenings at 5:00 pm. Whale sightings guaranteed from December 16 through April 30 or you get a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation Whalewatch. Price is $59.95 for adults and $39.95 for children. Book online at and save 10%.Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For reservations and information, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
Children's Programs:
Sea Wees
Now in its 7th year, SeaWees is a Wednesday morning program for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers, provided by the professional marine educators at Pacific Whale Foundation. A developmentally appropriate early-childhood program, SeaWees includes music/movement, demonstrations and guided exploration delivered in a child-centered environment. Participants can sign up for a single morning or for the entire session. Each session consists of four classroom sessions and one “Seafari” field adventure organized around a marine science theme.The theme for April 4 to May 2 is” Seaside Storybook Science” and will feature a “Show and Share” exhibit of our work on May 2. 
The cost for the entire five-week session (including four classroom sessions and one Seafari Outing) is $50 per child (or $40 for PWF members). To attend a single class, the fee is $12. The second child in the same family may attend for 50% off.  Reservations are required. Please call (808) 249-8811. Class sizes are limited, so reserve as early as possible. Please contact the instructor, Merrill Kaufman, at Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 856-8322 for specific questions about the program or if your child has special needs.
Wildlife Information Stations:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Free: Onsite Coral Reef Naturalist Program
Visit Pacific Whale Foundation’s free Coral Reef Information Station at Ulua Beach in Wailea to learn the names of the fish you'll see while snorkeling. Ulua Beach is perfect for beginning snorkelers and this information station is a great place to learn about the reef and how you can protect it as you explore it. Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 am to 11:30 am. 
Selected Days:
Trail of the Whale: Free Whale Information Stations
Want to watch whales from shore? Pacific Whale Foundation naturalists and volunteers will be stationed at three locations along Maui’s coast to help you locate whales from shores. They’ll share with you the best techniques for spotting these amazing marine mammals from Maui's shorelines, have binoculars and scopes to help you get a better view, along with models and marine artifacts for hands-on exploration. You’ll also get answers to your questions about whales, geography and natural history. Free and open to all. 
Part of Maui Whale Festival. Offered December 11, 2011 – April 30, 2012.
For information, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
Offered at these locations. Please note specified dates and times:
Papawai Point
Offered daily,  8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Watch whales at this popular scenic overlook off Honoapi’ilani Highway (Route 30) located approximately 3 miles northwest of Ma’alaea Harbor.
Wailea Marriott
Offered Tuesday and Thursdays  7:30 am to 11:30 am
View whales along the Ocean Path in front of the Wailea Marriott, off Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea.
Maui Ocean Club
Offered Wednesdays and Fridays 7:30 am to 11:30am
Marriot’s Maui Ocean Club, locatedo n Kaanapali Beach, is the site of the “Trail of the Whale” Marine Naturalist Station on Maui’s westside. The station is located along the oceanfront pedestrian path fronting the resort.
An additional location to view whales is the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center, located at 726 S. Kihei Road, Kihei. Open Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Sanctuary staff and volunteers provide free information about whales. Reservations not required. For information, call (808) 879-2818.
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary also offers free information on sea turtles, coral reefs, fish and whales at the Grand Wailea Ocean Path, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Wednesdays. In addition, the Sanctuary will offer another free information site at the boardwalk at Whaler’s Village in Ka’anapali on Thursdays, from 9 am to 1 pm. For information, call (808) 879-2818.
Volunteering on Vacation Programs:
Volunteering on Vacation: O'o Farm
Join Pacific Whale Foundation's Volunteering on Vacation Program  to work on an exquisite organic farm in Kula. O’o Farm is a unique  and divergent multi- faceted operation that showcases a working farm on 8.5 acres.Meet at O'o Farms at 8:45. The project work lasts from 8:45 until 11:30 and will include assorted farm chores. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a light jacket that you do not mind getting a little dirty, water, and sunscreen.  Gloves and gardening tools are provided. You'll receive a free tote bag for your effortsBe sure to call (808) 249-8811 in advance to sign up. Learn more at
Volunteering on Vacation: South Maui Volunteers
Through Volunteering on Vacation, a free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, join South Maui Volunteers and group leaders Bob and Lis Richardson to help maintain an ocean-side trail, restore sand dunes, pick up litter and remove invasive species. 7:30 to 9:30 am. Meeting locations are announced every Wednesday for the following Monday. Project updates are posted each Wednesday at Bring water, snacks and sunscreen and wear solid,closed-toed shoes. Get a free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! For info or to sign up call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation program at
Volunteering on Vacation: Malama Honokowai
As part of Pacific Whale Foundation's Volunteering on Vacation program, work with nonprofit Malama Honokawai and visit the beautiful and hidden Honokawai Valley, an area closed to the public. Among Hawaiian archeological sites, you’ll learn about Hawaiian history and culture as you help to remove invasive weed plants and possibly plant native species. The program runs from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Meet at 9 a.m. in front of North Sugar Cane Train Station, Puukoli Road, Kaanapali. Bring water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen and bug repellant and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and a t-shirt. You'll receive a free tote bag for your efforts.Be sure to call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 at least 24 hours in advance to sign up, Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation program at
Volunteering on Vacation: Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Service Project
Join the growing worldwide trend of "voluntourism" by participating in the Volunteering on Vacation program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation. In exchange for your efforts, you'll receive a free totebag and the satisfaction of joining in efforts to protect Maui's unique environment. With Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, you'll visit Waihee Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge, a  remarkable coastal area that’s rich in Hawaiian history and bird watching, to remove invasive  species and clear brush. Meet at 7:15 am in front of the 
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Offices, located at 2371 W Vineyard St in Wailuku, adjacent to the Iao Valley Church. The program takes place every Friday from 7:15 am to noon and includes four hours of work. Bring water, snacks,  lunch and sunscreen, and wear closed-toed shoes, pants and hat (sun protection). Be sure to call at least 24 hours in advance to sign up! Call (808)-249-8811 ext. 1. Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation program at
First and Third Saturdays
Haleakala National Park Volunteer Service Trip
Want to see spectacular views at 7,000 feet, watch rare native birds and save unique ecosystems found nowhere else on the planet?  Come to Haleakala National Park. Pacific Whale Foundation will host a group of volunteers to pull invasive pine trees and enjoy a picnic lunch afterwards at Hosmer Grove. In exchange for your efforts, you'll receive a free tote bag and the satisfaction of joining in efforts to protect Maui's unique environment. Warm clothes, long pants and closed-toed shoes are required. Bring water and lunch. Participants get to experience the park for free. Transportation is provided.  Participants can meet in front of Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store, located in the Harbor Shops of Ma'alaea at 7:30 am (first Saturday)/ 1:00 pm (third Saturday) or at 8:15 am (first Saturday)/ 1:30 pm (third Saturday) in the parking lot of Tavares Community Center, located in Pukalani. Reservations required. Please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. From the U.S. Mainland, please call 1-800-942-5311. Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation program at